Many squad problems for Israel

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The Israel team at the first game in Skopje; photo: Gol.mkThe Israel team at the first game in Skopje; photo: Gol.mkMany problems for Israeli national team coach Elisha Levy as he will miss 8 players due to injury, but the Israeli media claims that most of them are actually boycotting the coach.

Defenders Eli Dasa, Rami Gershon, Eitan Tibi, midfielders Eyal Golasa, Maor Buzaglo, Beram Kayal and attackers Munes Dabbur and Ben Sahar are all out of the squad. Then, first choise goalee David Goresh became a benchwarmer in his club Hapoel Be'er Sheva so obviously he had to be dropped. To replace all of these players Levy had to summone 6 debutants plus 4 players with less than 5 appearances.

Despite these problems, there will be some joy as veteran player Yossi Benayoun is expected to make his 100th appearance on this match.

Israel hosts Macedonia on Saturday at the Sammy Ofer stadium in Haifa, while three days later visits Italy. Rumors say that Levy will be fired in case of two defeats.

Ariel Harush - Anorthosis Cyprus
Boris Kleyman - Beitar Israel
Omri Glazer - Maccabi Haifa Israel

Tal Ben Haim - Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel
Shir Tzedek - Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel
Talb Tawatha - Eintracht Frankfurt Germany
Ofir Davidzada - Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel
Ben Bitton - Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel
Hatem Abd Elhamed - Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel
Omer Danino - Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel

Nir Bitton - Celtic Scotland
Yossi Benayoun - Beitar Israel
Bibars Natcho - CSKA Russia
Lior Refaelov - Club Brugge Belgium
Eran Zahavi - Guǎngzhōu China
Maor Melicsohn - Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel
Almog Cohen - Ingolstadt Germany
Dan Einbinder - Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel
David Keltjens - Beitar Israel
Michael Ohana - Hapoel Be'er Sheva Israel
Maruwan Kabha - Maribor Slovenia

Tomer Hemed - Brighton & Hove Albion England
Itay Shechter - Beitar Israel
Tal Ben Chaim - Sparta Czech Rep.
Manor Solomon - Maccabi Petah Tikva Israel

Israel and Macedonia so far have met 4 times, all ending with a defeat for Macedonia. Two games were part of the 2008 EURO qualifiers, one was a friendly game in Skopje, while the first game in the current qualifiers ended in a 2:1 win for Israel in Skopje.

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